Been reading lots and trying to understand, but now its time to begin!
1984 345 Classic Motorhome, we live and will travel in the Western USA.
We are still working on the restoration, in a storage with no power.
We have the 7kw Kohler generator onboard, but I really dislike using it because of the cost/noise, plus I am just about to pull it out to soundproof the compartment. I only run it when I must... for AC etc.
There is a charger/converter onboard, a Fortron single stage 45a max unit, it works but I want it gone.
The battery tray is already modded to accept up to EIGHT 6V Golf Cart Batteries
... I have 4 at this time.
Want to keep the batteries charged when its in storage, Boondocking and running Microwave, TV's, and stuff, on the road without running the genset.
I want to also add a Thermostatic Fantastic Fan that will run and vent the heat from the interior when its in storage..
The basic plan:
We have already... 4 x 15w (60w total)HF panels... but I can use them temporarily, or elsewhere if they are a hassle to incorporate.
We also have a Uni-Solar FLX-32 flexible panel.
There is a lot of space up on top!
Took some measurements and am leaning towards putting 2 of the stick-on Uni-Solar 144w units on each side of the roof... at 216" x 16", I am pretty sure I can fit them. They will be stuck to another substrate not to the actual roof.
From there I could add more panels and batteries over time, as $, space and needs change.
Will need suggestions on Battery Monitors, solar controllers, etc..
Any thoughts, opinions and experiences will be welcomed!
Modded battery tray... deeper and wider.